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The best winter weekend getaways from NYC for families

Every kid loves the winter! You can make the most of the season with these amazing winter weekend getaways from NYC!

By Oliver Strand, Allie Early, Maggie Parker and Danielle Valente

When will winter make up its mind? Cold and icy one day, warm and rainy the next... Don't worry: Whether you're looking for snowy fun or the best splashy indoor water park NY families love, these amazing winter weekend getaways from NYC are perfect for your family!

The local mountains have some terrific family-friendly ski resorts in NYC—when it's time for your little to learn to ski, these ski schools that are great for first-timers, and offer inexpensive beginner's packages. Maybe you'd rather sit it out? Then take a look at the best snow tubing in NY.

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These getaways are perfect for the midwinter break coming up in February! There's so much for you and your family to do this winter close to NYC, no matter the weather. 

Weekend getaways from NYC for kids

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11. Skytop Lodge, Skytop, Pennsylvania

Travel time: 1 hour and 45 minutes by car from NYC

Get in tune with the gorgeous surroundings at this Colonial Dutch–style resort which calls an unspoiled forest its home (a true NYC escape if you ask us). Skytop Lodge certainly offers picturesque views in the winter, but make no mistake: The grounds' 5,500 acres are begging visitors to take advantage of its adventurous offerings. From skiing and tubing to snowshoeing and ice fishing, there's something on the menu for all those in search of an entertaining experience. But don't get too comfortable outside. You'll want to chow down at Lakeview Restaurant or Windsor Dining Room and moms and dads will most definitely want to take advantage of wellness offerings such as massages and other various spa treatments. Winter is the perfect time to book a stay at Skytop, as visitors will be treated to a tree-lighting ceremony, arts and crafts and story time for the kids and more Yuletide goodness. (Did we mention there's a life-sized gingerbread house?) 1 Skytop Lodge Rd, Skytop, PA (

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12. Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, Highmount, New York

Travel time: 2 hours 30 minutes by car

This is the People's Mountain—this large ski area is owned by New York State, and it feels like a well-run park. The ski school has programs for kids, teens and adults, while more advanced skiers can sign up for group or one-on-one lessons. Once you’re ready to hit the slopes, you’ll find 50 trails of varying degrees of difficulty, five glades, a terrain park, a progression park and nearly six miles of cross-country skiing trails covered in natural snow. 181 Galli Curci Rd, Highmount (

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13. Jack Frost and Big Boulder Ski Areas, Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania

Travel time: 2 hours by car from NYC

The only thing better than a family mountain is two family mountains. Jack Frost has a vertical drop of 600 feet, with 20 trails and 12 lifts. Located 20 minutes away, Big Boulder is slightly smaller but it has an enormous terrain park. Head to the tubing park at the top of Jack Frost or the shorter tubing hill on Big Boulder for whirls and laughs When hungry tummies start grumbling, choose from either resort’s on-site dining options including burrito bars, bar and grill restaurants and coffee shops. 357 Big Boulder Dr, Lake Harmony, PA ( 

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14. Blue Mountain Resort, Palmerton, Pennsylvania

Travel time: 2 hours by car from NYC

Make snow tubing an exhilarating bonding experience by piling into a giant inflatable that fits the whole family and sliding down a frozen lane. The resort includes 30 chutes that are more than 1,000 feet long and three lifts to take you and your group up the mountain. Whether you’re a beginner or a skiing master, this spot suits all with 39 trails that include a 3,000-foot double black diamond trail, six terrain parks and the gentler slopes of Lazy Mile and Paradise. 1660 Blue Mountain Dr, Palmerton, PA (


15. Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort, Middlefield, Connecticut

Travel time: 2 hours by car from NYC

This venue has 19 trails and four terrain parks with elements for both beginners and experienced skiers. Nine trails are illuminated after dark so the family can continue into the night— no need to press pause on the adventure. There are also three tubing runs ranging in difficulty. Group and private lessons are available, so don’t shy away just because you haven’t learned to navigate a set of skis—someone's on hand to help you make the most out of your experience. 99 Powder Hill Rd, Middlefield, CT ( 

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